Jang Geun Seok


Jang Geun-sukorKeun-Suk( Hangul :장 근석) is a South Korean actor , singer and model. He is best known for playing the role of band leader Hwang Tae Kyung in the hit 2009 dramaYou're Beautiful, with Lee Hongki , Jung Yong Hwa , Park Shin-hye and Uee . His popularity continued with the role of Kang Mu Gyul in the 2010 romantic comedy seriesMary Stayed Out All Night, with Moon Geun Young .

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 Jang Geun Seok's Early life

Jang Keun-Suk was born on August 4, 1987 in Danyang Country , Chungcheongbuk-do , South Korea. He is an only child.

Keun-Suk started working as a child model at the age of five after he was discovered by a talent agent. At that time, Keun-Suk's parents were selling their house and the agent, who was a prospective buyer, saw Keun-Suk. Seeing his potential, the agent advised Keun-Suk's parents to allow him to try a career in modeling.

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 Jang Geun Seok's Names

It is noted that the he himself spells his nameJang Keun-sukorJang Keun Suk, as evident on his official website http://www.jangkeunsuk.co.kr/ and on his promotional materials.

  • Korean : 장근석, Romanization:Jang Keun Suk, RR :Jang Geun Seok
  • Hanja / Traditional Chinese : 張根碩, Simplified Chinese : 张根硕, Pinyin :Zhāng Gēn Shuò
  • Japanese : チャン・グンソク, Romaji :Chan Gunsoku
  • Arabic: جانج جين-سوك,Jang Jin-Suk
  • Thai: จาง กึนซอก,Cāng Kụn Sxk
  • Russian: Тян Гынсок,Tyan Gynsok

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 Jang Geun Seok's Career

Jang Keun-Suk made his acting debut in the 1997 HBS sitcomSelling Happiness(Haengbokeul Pabmoda). He then continued to work in television as a child actor.

In middle school, Keun-Suk heard the music of Japanese pop singer Ken Hirai . He was inspired enough by these bands to start learning Japanese by himself. In junior high school, Keun-Suk went to school in New Zealand to learn English and Japanese. Because of his studies in New Zealand, he can carry casual conversations in both languages.

Even though Keun-Suk wanted to continue his studies in New Zealand, a job offer brought him back to South Korea, a role in the popular MBC sitcomNonstop 4. After his work inNonstop 4, Keun-Suk fell into a self-perceived slump and didn't think his acting was good enough. He decided then to re-devote himself to becoming a true actor.

In 2005, Keun-Suk's portrayal of the president's son in the SBS dramaLovers in Praguebecame a hit and was well regarded by drama fans.

In 2006, Keun-Suk made the jump to the big screen in the Japanese horror filmOne Missed Call: Finalwhere he played the role of a deaf boy. Using his past experience with the Japanese language, Keun-Suk was able to communicate with his Japanese co-stars with ease. He also learned sign language in preparation for his role.

Back on the small screen, he next played the role of Kim Eun-ho, Hwang Jin-yi 's first love in the TV dramaHwang Jin-i. Keun-Suk's performance gained the attention of many female fans. He also starred in the KBS drama,Hong Gil Dong, as Prince Lee Changhwi.

In 2007, Keun-Suk was cast in the rock music-themed filmThe Happy Life. His portrayal of Hyeon-ju allowed Keun-Suk to show off his masculine charms, as well as display his skills as a singer. Jang was co-MC with Heechul of Super Junior on SBS 's weekly live music show Inkigayo , from 25 February to 7 October 2007.

In 2008, Keun-Suk would go on to act in two more music-inspired titles with the feature filmDo Re Mi Fa So La Ti Doand the hit MBC TV dramaBeethoven Virusstarring opposite Kim Myung Min.

Keun-Suk's next role in the 2009 thrillerThe Case of Itaewon Homicidewas his first villain role. The film is based on the true story of a murder that occurred at a Burger King restaurant in Itaewon, South Korea. Keun-Suk portrayed the role of Pearson who was a disturbed young Korean-American accused of stabbing a student to death. Keun-Suk spoke his lines in English throughout the entire film, a job he did well, according toBeyondHollywood.com: "Jang Keun Suk performs very well as the sullen Pearson."

Film critics and moviegoers also praised Keun-Suk for his acting. A movie review posted onLondonKoreanLinks.comsaid: "The casting is cleverly done with Jang Keun-suk as the ‘innocent’ accused, his popularity allowing the audience to feel some empathy and warmth to an otherwise unattractive character. He does well in this role, a break from his normal cheerful persona and, combined with the fact he has to speak English through most of the film, it’s quite impressive. Its not perfect American accent of course, but it plays a vital part in itself."

InYou're Beautiful, Keun-Suk played the role of Hwang Tae-Kyung, leader of pop band A.N.Jell, who falls in love with a fellow band member who is a female pretending to be a guy on behalf of her twin brother, played by Park Shin Hye . The show also starred Lee Hong Ki and Jung Yong Hwa as the band's drummer and guitarist, respectively.

Keun-Suk was also one of the actors who appeared in the photoshoot "Kolon Christmas Photo Shoot" in 2008, along with co-actors Joo Jin Mo , Song Il-gook , Ko Soo , and Park Jae-jung.He also was a host on Tracking Your X Boyfriend. He's also known for his outspoken personality and tectonic dance.

Although he sings for some of his dramas, he has not released any music of his own except for a few songs done for advertisements: "Black Engine" for Mens cosmetics and skin care, and "Touch Holic" and "Magic Drag" for Samsung 's YP-M1 mp3 player from the YEPP line.

Keun-Suk did some advertisements in 2010–2011 such as Ole Beauty Candy, Zegda CF, Code Combines CF and Samsung Galaxy Player.

His first single as a singer, "Let Me Cry", was released by Pony Canyon in Japan on April 27, 2011. "Let Me Cry" debuted at number 1 on Japan's Oricon single charts, making him the first non-Japanese act to have the debut single to debut at number 1 on the charts.

In August 2011, Jang Keun Suk and Moon Geun Young went to Japan for theirMary Stayed Out All NightTour. There were a total of 4Mary Stayed Out All NightFanmeetings in Japan , 2 Meetings in Tokyo and 2 meetings in Osaka . Their Fanmeeting is the largest FM to date which can accommodate in more than 60,000 people.

By the month-end of September 2011, Jang Keun-Suk officially released his first Chinese album, titledThe Lounge H Vol.1, in China and throughout Southeast Asia.Jang Keun-Suk worked with friend and musician Big Brother (大兄弟/Jung Kurt) to create the duo in Team H. Big Brother took part in writing, producing, re-making songs, and even rapping.The Lounge H Vol.1has 4 tracks with the leading song "Gotta Getcha." Jang Keun-Suk has reportedly written the lyrics for this song himself. The track has a strong beat and powerful rap. The album also includes a music video for "Gotta Getcha" and special backstage clips.

Keun-Suk agreed to play the role of the pet character in the Korean movie adaptation of the Japanese dramaKimi wa Petto, based on the manga of the same name.You're My Petwas released in November 2011.

On January 18 of 2012, Oriconreported that Jang Keun-suk will release a new albumLounge H(The First Impressionwas later added to the title) in Japan as part of the two-member group Team H (the other member being DJ Big Brother). To be released on March 21 and only available in Japan, this album will have its original style with brand new jacket photos and packaging. It was emphasized that this album is notLounge H Vol.1, which Team H released the year before. The new Japanese album will have seven tracks of rock and electronic genre, including "Gotta Getcha".

On February 23 of 2012, HS Media (韩星经纪) revealed on their official Weibo that Team H had won its first awardswith their debut EPLounge H Vol. 1. At the 2012 IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards, based on the highest album record sales, the album was to be awarded the Best Selling Album and the Best Korean Album. Since mid-October 2011, the album had been sold in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong with impressive sales results, breaking through platinum.

The TV melodramaLove Rain, starring Jang and Girls' Generation 's Yoona and made by drama PD Yoon Seok Ho , is being aired currently in KBS2 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 hrs.

By the end of May 2012, Jang Keun-Suk will release another Japanese album, now titledJust Crazy.

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 Jang Geun Seok's Filmography


1998 Hug (포옹) Won Joo
2000 School3 (학교3) Kang Won Seok's younger brother
2001 Ladies Of The Palace / Women's World (여인천하) young Jeong Ryeom SBS
Four Sisters' Story (네 자매 이야기) Yeong Hoon MBC
2002 Orange (오렌지) Jang Keun-Suk
The Great Ambition (대망) young Park Shi-yeong SBS
2003 Nonstop 4(논스톱4) Jang Keun-Suk MBC
2005 Lovers in Prague(프라하의 연인) Yoon Gun-hee SBS
2006 Alien Teacher / Alien Sam


Bong Saem (Luxurious) Tooniverse
Hwang Jin-i(황진이) Kim Eun Ho KBS2 award, see Awards section below
2008 Hong Gil Dong(쾌도홍길동) Lee Chang Hwi KBS2 two awards, see Awards section below
Beethoven Virus(베토벤 바이러스) Kang Geon Woo (Trumpet) MBC award, see Awards section below
2009 You're Beautiful(미남이시네요) Hwang Tae Kyung SBS two awards, see Awards section below
2010 Mary Stayed Out All Night/ Marry Me, Mary! (매리는 외박중) Kang Mu-Kyul KBS2 two awards, see Awards section below
2011 Ikemen desu ne(美男ですね) as Himself / Gunsoku

(Cameo, Episode 8)

TBS Japanese adaptation ofYou're Beautiful
2012 The Center of the New Hallyu, I Am Jang Keun Suk

(신한류의 중심, 나는 장근석)

Jang Keun Suk KBS2 KBS Special: documentary marking the 20th year since his debut into the entertainment business (aired Jan. 1st)
Sekai no Purinsu e! Chan Gunsoku ~ 24 sai no Sugao~ Jang Keun Suk Fuji TV Japanese documentary (aired Jan. 13th)

Both Japanese and Korean filming crews were present at some events. Therefore, some footage appears to be similar to that of the Korean documentary.

Love Rain(사랑비) Seo In Ha & Seo Joon KBS2 roles of father and son characters across two time periods


2006 One Missed Call: Final

(Chakushin Ari: Final)

An Jinu Japanese film
2007 The Happy Life(즐거운 인생) Park Hyeon-jun award, see Awards section below
2008 The Longest 24 Months(기다리다 미쳐) Park Won-Jae
Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do


Shin Eun-gyu
Baby and I(아기와 나) Han Joon-Su
2009 The Case of Itaewon Homicide

(이태원 살인사건)

Robert J. Pearson English-speaking role as a Korean-American

film based on the true story of the murder in Itaewon

award, see Awards section below

2011 You're My Pet(너는팻) In Ho / "Momo" film adaption of the mangaKimi wa Petto(きみはペット)

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 Jang Geun Seok's Discography

(Korean)More details to be updated atjangkeunsuk.co.kr/music/music.asp.



[Drama]Love RainOST Part II
  • Love Rain / Jang Keun Suk


[Film]You're My PetOST
  • You're My Pet Kiwobwassong /Jang Keun Suk & Kim Ha Neul
  • Oh, My Lady! /Jang Keun Suk & Choi Sang Mi
  • Mandy / Jang Keun Suk
  • I Only Look At You /Jang Keun Suk & Kim Ha Neul
[Film]You're My PetOST (Single)
  • You're My Pet Kiwobwassong /Jang Keun Suk & Kim Ha Neul


[Drama]Mary Stayed Out All NightOST Part 1
  • Take Care, My Bus! / Jang Keun Suk
  • My Precious / Jang Keun Suk
[Drama]Mary Stayed Out All NightOST Part 2
  • Hello, Hello / Jang Keun Suk
  • I Will Promise You / Jang Keun Suk
  • Hello, Hello (Ballad Ver.) / Jang Keun Suk


[Drama]You're BeautifulOST (Regular)
  • Still / A.N. Jell
  • Promise / A.N. Jell
[Drama]You're BeautifulOST Part 2 (Regular)
  • Without Words / Jang Keun Suk
  • Good Bye / Jang Keun Suk
[Drama]You're BeautifulOST(Jang Keun Suk Special Edition)
  • Promise / A.N. Jell
  • Still / A.N. Jell
  • Without Words / Jang Keun Suk
  • What Should I Do? / Jang Keun Suk
  • Good Bye / Jang Keun Suk
[CF] Just Drag (Single)
  • Just Drag / Jang Keun Suk
[CF] Toucholic Yepptic & Haptic love (Single)
  • Toucholic Yepptic & Haptic love / Jang Keun Suk


[CF] Black Engine (Single)
  • Black Engine / Jang Keun Suk
  • Full of Sunshine / Jang Keun Suk
  • Time for Waiting / Jang Keun Suk
[Drama]Beethoven VirusOST (Single)
  • Can You Hear Me Part 2 / Jang Keun Suk


[Film]The Happy LifeOST (Regular)
  • The Happy Life (Radio Edit. Ver.) / Hwal Hwa San
  • It’ll Explode (Ver. 3) / Hwal Hwa San
  • It’ll Explode 2007 (Ver. 2) / Hwal Hwa San
  • Fireworks / Hwal Hwa San
  • The Happy Life (For Film) / Hwal Hwa San
[Film]The Happy LifeOST (Single)
  • The Happy Life (Main Theme) /Hwal Hwa San (Active Volcano)
  • It’ll Explode / Hwal Hwa San


[Sitcom]Nonstop 4(Regular Edition)
  • Sky High / Nonstop Band
  • 논밴송 / Nonstop Band
  • Happy! Happy Birthday / Nonstop Band
  • Let's Get Down / Jang Keun Suk
  • 우리가 있잖아 / Nonstop Band



The Lounge H Vol. 1 (Regular Edition)

by Team H (Jang Keun Suk and Big Brother)

  • Victory
  • Gotta Getcha
  • Shake It
  • Run Away



Let Me Cry (Single)
  • Let Me Cry
Let Me Cry
  • Let Me Cry
  • Bye Bye Bye
  • 一緒につくったメロディ
  • Let Me Cry (Inst.)
  • Bye Bye Bye (Inst.)
  • 一緒につくったメロディ (Inst.)


Lounge H (The First Impression)
  • WE ARE
  • (Can’t Stop) ~JPN ver.~
  • SHAKE IT~JPN Ver.~
  • (Can’t Stop)
  • (Can’t Stop)<Extended club mix>
Just Crazy (Regular Edition)
  • 200miles
  • Always Close To You
  • Crazy Crazy Crazy(Lead track, first single)
  • Stay(Original lyrics written by Jang Keun Suk)
  • Rain(CF song of Seoul Makkori)
  • Let Me Cry
  • Abracadabra
  • 守護星(Bonus track for the Regular Edition)
  • In My dream(Lyrics and music written by Jang Keun Suk in Korean)
  • Bye Bye Bye (Album Version)
  • Epilogue…
  • Tomorrow

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 Jang Geun Seok's Awards

  • MNet TOP 100 Charming Guys Who are Single:# ?
  • MNet Top 100 Adorable Males:# 29
  • KBS Drama Awards:Best Couple Award -Hwang Jin-i(with co-star Ha Ji Won )
  • MNet Top 100 Must Have Males:# 3
  • 44th SBS Annual Baeksang Arts Awards:Best New Actor -The Happy Life
  • MBC Drama Awards:New Actor Award -Beethoven Virus
  • KBS Drama Awards:Best Couple Award -Hong Gil Dong(with Sung Yuri)
  • KBS Drama Awards:Popularity Award (Actor) -Hong Gil Dong
  • SBS Drama Awards:Netizen's Popularity Award -You're Beautiful
  • SBS Drama Awards:Teen's Star Award (Actor) -You're Beautiful
  • 46th SBS Annual Baeksang Arts Awards:Male Popularity Award -The Case of Itaewon Homicide
  • Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards:Top Buzz Male Korea Star Award
  • Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards:Top Buzz Male Asia Star Award
  • KBS Drama Awards:Best Couple Award -Mary Stayed Out All Night(with Moon Geun Young )
  • KBS Drama Awards:International Netizen's Popularity Award -Mary Stayed Out All Night
  • 15th Global Chinese Music Awards:Most Popular Korean Artist Award
  • Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award:Cultural Minister of Finance Award
  • 19th Korean Cultural Entertainment Award:Hallyu Grand Award
  • Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards: Taiwan Top Searched Single Korean Artist
  • 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards: Best 3 New Artists (with 2PM and B2ST)
  • 10th IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards: Best Selling Album -The Lounge H Vol. 1(with Big Brother)
  • 10th IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards: Best Korean Album -The Lounge H Vol. 1(with Big Brother)

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 Jang Geun Seok's Product Endorsements

About J.K.S. - C.F.

  • LeSportsac
  • Coca Cola
  • Daily Milk
  • Hyundai
  • Salim Food
  • Shu Uemura
  • Kellogs Cornflakes
  • Ottogi Quick Meals
  • Chic Choc Biscuit
  • Motorola
  • SAMSUNG Products YEPP YP-M1/ Toucholic/ Magic Drag (ft. SISTAR's Hyo Rin)
  • TTL Phone call charges
  • SK Telecom (with BoA )
  • ETUDE House -Aqua Sherbet Summer Collection and Vitcara(with Ara)
  • ETUDE House -BB JINJU Compact Powder and Etude VIP Girl (with Park Shin Hye)
  • Garden 5 CF Mall – (with Park Shin Hye)
  • Maxim Coffee- (with Kim So Eun)
  • Maeil Caffe Latte
  • Skool Looks
  • MCM Collections
  • Black ‘N Jean
  • BSX Clothing
  • EXR Clothing – (with Kim Ri Na )
  • Jack & Jill environmental fashion
  • Ole beauty Candy
  • Zegda, China CF
  • Code Combines CF
  • Samsung Galaxy Player
  • Suntory Seoul Makgeolli CF
  • Natures Republic
  • Tong Yi Orange Juice, China CF - (with Park Min Yong)
  • Caffe Bene - (with Han Ye Seul)

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 Jang Geun Seok's References

  1. "Review of "The Case of the Itaewon Homicide"". BeyondHollywood.com. http://www.beyondhollywood.com/the-case-of-itaewon-homicide-2009-movie-review/. 
  2. "Review of "The Case of Itaewon Homicide"". LondonKoreanLinks.com. http://londonkoreanlinks.net/2010/03/07/where-the-truth-lies/. 
  3. YouTube: Kolon Christmas Photo Shoot
  4. (Korean) 장근석, 新한류스타 부상..드라마 이어 영화 겨냥
  5. "チャン・グンソク、海外歌手史上初のデビュー作初登場首位" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Oricon. May 3, 2011. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/rankmusic/87299/full/. Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
  6. (Chinese) 张根硕首张韩文专辑预购 韩星经纪
  7. Jang Geun Suk to release his first Chinese album
  8. (Japanese) チャン・グンソクのユニット“Team H”が日本上陸 Oricon. January 18, 2012.
  9. Jang Geun Suk to Debut as Unit Group "Team H" in Japan
  10. (Chinese) 韩星经纪 IFPI香港唱片销量大奖2012颁奖典礼在九龙湾国际展贸举行,张根硕凭借在大中华及东南亚地区发行的首张EP专辑《The Lounge H vol.1》》(《蓄势待发第一击》)获得了“最畅销日、韩语唱片奖”。专辑自去年10月中旬在中国大陆、港、台三地上架后,销售成绩颇为可观,均已突破白金销量。 Official HS Media Sina Weibo. February 23, 2012.
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  12. (Japanese) [2] PONYCANYON
  13. Jang Geun Suk releases ‘Love Rain’ OST Part II
  14. Tracklist - Lounge H ( The first impression ) by Jang Geun Seok jpopasia
  15. Jang Geun Seok Wins Two 2010 Yahoo Buzz Awards
  16. Super Junior Sweeps Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards
  17. Girls’ Generation, KARA, TVXQ, 2PM, Jang Geun Suk, and B2ST awarded at 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards

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